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The Bear and Billet, Chester - pub details

Bear and Billet
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Address: 94, Lower Bridge St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21988) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Chester (0.9 miles), Bache (1.7 miles)

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Visited here on a recent Monday afternoon. There were 6 hand pumps of which 5 were available. One real cider, at least one Okell's (think both Bitter and MPA were available) plus a couple of others including the Victorian Porter (4.6%) by Heritage Ales that I went for at £3.35 for the pint.

The ale was pleasant, not sure if my glass was stained or whether my porter had just marked it, so shall reserve judgement there.

There is a small bar area at the front of the pub with a separate area to the rear. In the front there was a real fire, and tables round the edges of the room. A couple of pillars with shelves cater for the stand-up drinkers. They could probably do with another table or two in this front area as it looked a bit empty, but I guess there is seating in the back room and upstairs to go at too.

Food looked pleasant though did not have any myself. There was a random middle aged gent trying to converse with the table of four female diners next to him, and took great delight in telling them a joke. Perhaps this is the kind of establishment that attracts "local characters".

The interior is perhaps a bit bland compared to some of the pubs in Chester that feel more traditional inside, but not unpleasant.
RealAleRobUK - 26 Feb 2015 16:31
Always looked really busy but we managed to squeeze in on the 4th time of passing whilst in Chester for a weekend away.

Decent pint of Orkells. Nice enough pub.
Mappiman - 8 Dec 2014 17:15
Pleasant enough place with character. Decent selection of real ales on my visit. The only disappointment was the lack of outdoor seating - just a small smoking area to the rear of the pub. Worth a visit, like so many of the pubs in Chester.
RealAleRobUK - 16 Jul 2013 10:15
Reasonably good pub right next to the bridge in Chester. It had a good range of ales on our Saturday afternoon visit - Okells MPA & Bitter, Grafton Mumsie, Brains Touch, Paws, Engage & Phoenix Hopsack. Cider was Thatchers Cheddar Valley. My main criticism was the lack of seating in the bar area. There may have been more in a room to the rear.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Jul 2013 21:19
Interesting range of ales in light and friendly surroundings
PoorBeerHater - 6 Nov 2012 16:58

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